in a garden on a cold day

April 6, 2010

visiting Bateman’s,  near Burwash, Kipling’s home for 30 years; a chilly bowl of land on cold Wealden clay . . .

at least in winter and early spring, the frame work is clearly visible with nothing to detract.

Apparently Kipling laid out the pond and the curving yew hedges which still have charm and a good sense of scale. The rose garden, however, which one of our clients would describe as ‘municipal’ (how damning!) seems frankly old-fashioned and clutters up the space.  In the 1900’s, it might have been ‘contemporary’. It certainly has small people proportions which not only fits with both Rudyard and Carries’ diminutive height – 5’2″ and 4’10” respectively but also seems to have connections with the sad story of the family. The National Trust, in their wisdom, have managed to retain the essence of the period of the garden as a whole and the atmosphere and character certainly echo the thrust of ‘The Glory of the Garden’ where hard work behind the scenes is recognised and metaphors as life’s work.  

The flush of pinky red on the house wall is a chaenomeles . . .


 and there’s another one in the kitchen garden. The lichen on the walls is evident here as well as . . .

on the trunks and stems in the woodland. A carpet of scillas – nice and discreet before the major eruption of the showier Spanish bluebell.

Then it pours with rain, so  . . .

back home to enjoy the scent from a bowl of Muscari ‘Blue Magic’ and some sun!

3 Responses to “in a garden on a cold day”

  1. Karyn Eisler Says:

    What stunning photos — especially the second and third from the top. The colors are a sight to behold:-)

    Below is a link to my April garden party. You’re officially invited. Would you like to come?

    Either of those two shots, or something else, would be more than welcome!

  2. Cloudier Says:

    More striking photos!

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